Inverse » Elon Musk is getting dug into the nitty-gritty of city politics. The Boring Company, a venture the entrepreneur started two years ago, has been aiming to convince local legislators that the answers to their traffic woes is building lots of tunnels. City officials from Sydney to New York have mixed reactions, now that an initial 1.14-mile test tunnel (cost: $10 million) has been opened for assessment.
The Washington Post » Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia has selected a contractor to build two new tunnels and widen a major highway in Hampton Roads. The $3.3 billion price tag — funded by regional gas and sales taxes, tolls and other sources — makes it one of the two biggest transportation projects in commonwealth history.
CBS News » The average age of the 90,580 dams located across the U.S is 56 years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE says that in just 10 years, the number of at-risk dams has grown from 10 percent to 17 percent. One reason: Many are earthen dams, and the aging and crumbling structures are barely holding back nearby lakes and rivers.
NBC » Significant concrete issues have been found in potentially thousands of locations along the second phase of the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia, project officials say. The issues are raising serious questions about the durability of concrete and quality control in the largest transportation project in the region.
Washington’s Top News » The Maryland Transportation Authority has announced that it will be holding an industry forum this spring to provide information and bid requirements to interested design build teams for the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge replacement. MDTA said the goal of the presentation is to give area residents a summary of the project, the project schedule and what people can expect during construction as well as after the new bridge opens.